WTO Conference (Doha)

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 19th November 2001.

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Photo of David Ruffley David Ruffley Conservative, Bury St Edmunds

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking at the WTO Ministerial meeting in Doha to meet the concerns of the least developed countries.

Photo of Patricia Hewitt Patricia Hewitt Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry

holding answer 13 November 2001

I refer to my Statement to the House on 15 November, reporting on the successful outcome of the WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha.

As well as launching a development-focused trade round, which we believe offers the best route for the developing world to escape from poverty, the Doha Development Agenda includes a number of measures specifically focused on developing countries, with particular extra benefits in some areas for the least developed countries.

The WTO Ministerial Conference also agreed a Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health, which clarifies the action that WTO members can take to secure access to essential medicines during public health crises, and a Decision on Implementation-related Issues and Concerns, which contains many provisions specifically intended to benefit least developed countries.

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